Martin was born in San Antonio, Texas. The son of Martin T. Herrera Jr. & Olga Herrera, Martin began his civil service career by working as a flight instrument repairman at Kelly Air Force Base. While there, he joined the Army Air Corp and was trained as a flight maintenance engine & fuselage mechanic. During WWII he was assigned to the 19th Bomber Squadron and was stationed on Guam in the South Pacific Theater. |
Martin and his fellow patriots kept the B-29's and other aircraft flying. After the war he returned to his job at Kelly AFB. Shortly there after he met Nora Cuellar, they married and she remained the love of his life for the next 65 years.
Martin returned from Kelly AFB as a WS-11 in 1981. He and Nora began traveling. Joining the American Legion, he became commander of Alamo Post 2 on two occasions. Also a member of the 40 & 8, Knights of Collumbus, Yuma Moose Lodge 1627, an Election Judge for their neighborhood precinct, Deputy Constable, volunteers for the fund raiser at the Veterans Home and working with the VFW. He enjoyed tinkering and repairing things. For a few years he did TV & radio repair after work for added income and the satisfaction of making it work again. He loved dancing, racing, being around people and always left you with a smile and a joke. "Be careful and hurry back", he would always say as you parted company. He will be sorely missed by those he met in his joyful journey through life.
Martin and Nora moved to Yuma in 2008 to be closer to their son Martin T and daughter-in-law Connie R. Herrera.
Martin is survived by his wife Nora C. Herrera of Yuma; sister Olga Gavia of San Antonio; step sister Irma Mireless of San Antonio; son Martin T. Herrera IV and daughter-in-law Connie R. Herrera of Yuma, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Olga; father, Martin T. Jr.; brother, Hector O. Herrera; step brother, Arthur S. Herrera and grandson; Anthony T. Herrera.
Viewing will be at St. Johns Neumann in the Foothills 8-9am and Mass at 9am on July 26, 2013. Burial to follow at Sunset Vista.
Published in The Yuma Sun on July 24, 2013